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Brauckmann, Stefan; Schwarz, Alexandra:

Autonomous leadership and a centralised school system
An odd couple? Empirical insights from Cyprus

In: International Journal of Educational Management, 28 (2014) 7 , 823-841


Document type
3a. Beiträge in begutachteten Zeitschriften; Aufsatz (keine besondere Kategorie)

Befragung, Bildungspolitik, Clusteranalyse, Deregulierung, Empirische Untersuchung, Faktorenanalyse, Fragebogenerhebung, Schulautonomie, Schulleiter, Schulleitung, Steuerung, Zypern

Purpose - Although policy makers strengthen the necessity of ""deregulation"", discussions about deregulation vs regulation in Europe still seem to be characterized by a lack of sophistication and require a more differentiated picture of specific forms of deregulat Design/methodology/approach - The authors investigate, based on a survey among Cypriot school leaders, whether school autonomy needs deregulation, or regulation towards autonomy, respectively. At the time of research the school system of Cyprus could be characterized as a ""centraliz Findings - The authors find that the autonomy school leaders experience is not necessarily related to a ""defined"" degree of autonomy which is prescribed by educational law and driven by concepts of new public management. Their ""perceived"" autonomy is also due to f Originality/value - The findings provide insight into principals' motives to adopt certain styles of leading schools, quite independently from new measures of educational governance. The authors conclude that greater emphasis on systematic support programmes may prepare sc

Educational Governance